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Here Are The Top 10 Hidden Features of iOS 8

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Apple released the public version of iOS 8 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad earlier this week and a big number of iOS users seem to have updated to the latest version already. As with every other iOS release, iOS 8 also includes a handful of cool hidden features, out of which the top 10 have been listed below for you to check out on your iOS 8 device (via LifeHacker).

10. Support for Rich Text, Animated GIFS and Videos

The Notes app in iOS 8 supports not only rich text and animated GIFs but also videos to make more stylized notes. You can simply copy and paste a GIF or select one from your photo library to insert it in notes.

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9. Credit Card Number Scanning

Users can now take a picture of of their credit card and iOS 8 will pull up the number. Best of all, whenever you’re presented with a credit card field in Safari, you’ll get the option to snap a picture of your credit card.

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8.”Hey Siri”

You can now use Siri entirely hands-free when your phone is plugged into a charger. To enable, go to Settings > General > Siri and tap the “Allow “Hey Siri” option.

7. Hide Photos

Tap and hold on a picture in Moments, and you’ll get an option to hide it. It’ll only be visible in your albums.

6. Swipe to Interact with Notifications in Notification Center

You can now swipe to interact with notifications in Notification Center, with each app responding differently. Just swipe a notification to the left to try it.

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5. Personalized Share Sheets

You can now customize and organize how the Share Sheets work in iOS. Just tap the share icon in any supported app, such as Safari, scroll over to ‘More’ and customise it.

4. Grayscale Mode

iOS 8 features a new grayscale mode. To enable it, go to Settings > Accessibility and select ‘Grayscale’.

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3. Create Empty Home Screen

Users can now move everything off the first screen if they want. Just hold down on an app and when they start jiggling, drag them away from the first homescreen.

2. Set Up Notifications for Specific Email Threads

Just swipe left on an email, select the “More” option, and then select “Notify Me…” Now, you’ll get notifications from that email thread.

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1. Battery Usage Statistics

Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage to view what apps are really draining your iPhone’s battery life.

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That’s it, enjoy!

Let us know which one you like the best, or if you know of a feature you think should be added to the list.

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  • artikas

    I think the details button on the top right in the messaging is a bit underrated. It now collects all the media files that were shared in the conversation and lets you share your location for a defined period of time.

  • Readmore

    Nice, for me it’s the built in quick reply in messages. I don’t need NEED to jailbreak anymore and install Bitesms anymore. 😀

  • MikeJenkinson

    The things I’ve used most in the new iOS are the quick replies in iMessenger from the notification/lock screen; the Health app (cuz it tracks my steps and mileage, so I don’t need Fitbit or Breeze any more); and I’ve been trying SwiftKey and seem to like it well enough.

  • fredf

    How is notifications on emails different from push for emails?

  • Nabil Maadarani

    I was thinking about that until I realized that it might be in the case where you have rules that send certain emails to a different folder instead of your inbox. In that case, you don’t get a push notification (by default)

  • Salinger

    The “Hey Siri” would be great (a la “OK Google”) if it didn’t require the phone to be plugged in. That pretty much makes it useless to me.

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